Thanks for all the kind words!
I figured I should post a picture of my first Mopar. It's a 1985 W150 I bought it in Arizona when I was 17. (Okay, I bought a fifth of it, and my father spotted me the rest.) 360, 727, NP208, 9.25" & Dana 44 (3.23/open). I put the '93 grille on it, 4" Rancho leafs up front, 8" Superlift lifts out rear (tossed the 3.5" stock blocks), 33x12.5r15 Super Swampers (not pictured), a manual Transgo shift kit, and a Vanillaroma air freshener.
That beast could go anywhere, even with the open diff's and had unsurpassed ruggedness. The 360 proved to me that any stories that I initially thought were BS about the toughness of the 318 and /6 had to be true. It once injested the choke linkage from the Quadrajet and I drove all the way home with what eventually became a 4 cyl. (if I had a single plane intake, I might not have made it.) Pulled the molten ball of metal out with a telescoping magnet, regapped the plugs, and drove that thing for years a-okay until I sold it. I also drove it about 5 miles without any coolant, and a separate time, nearly 100 miles without any oil pressure indicated, and less than 1/2 quart of oil in the pan. Thing just wouldn't quit. Once, I did blow the pinion 1/2 way out of the 9.25", but that's why they made 4 wheel drive. Just pulled the rear drive shaft and went home.
Oh, and if any of you think that this is how I will treat the 'Cuda, fear not. Those were all off roading stories! Think remote Arizona desert, deep Hawaiian jungles, and Long Island expressways.
I had it for about 8 years. The Cuda's 440 pictured above was originally slated for the truck. The navy sort of stopped my frame up rebuilding plans, and I left it in Hawaii. When the Cuda is done, I'll get another one just like it. Afterall, I have a spare 383 now!